The Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) is REQUIRED for admission to the bar in all jurisdictions except Wisconsin and Puerto Rico. (Note that Connecticut and New Jersey accept successful completion of a law school course on professional responsibility in lieu of a passing score on the MPRE.)
Registration for the 2021 test dates opens on December 14, 2020. The exam will be administered three times during 2021:
|MARCH 29 or 30, 2021||Register by January 4, 2021||Late registration (additional fee) due January 28, 2021|
|AUGUST 11 or 12, 2021||Register by May 4, 2021||Late registration (additional fee) due June 10, 2021|
|NOVEMBER 4 or 5, 2021||Register by August 2, 2021||Late registration (additional fee) due September 17, 2021|
The MPRE is administered by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE). Registration information, dates, deadlines, fees, etc. may be found on the NCBE MPRE Registration page.
If you intend to apply for test accommodations for the MPRE, you must do so before registering for the exam. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Applications should be submitted well in advance of your desired MPRE test administration, and preferably by the Recommended Submission Date for that administration. The Recommended Submission Date for the March 2021 MPRE is January 4, 2021.
The MPRE consists of 60 multiple-choice questions administered during a two-hour examination period. For guidance on what constitutes a passing score on the MPRE, consult your jurisdiction’s information on the MPRE jurisdiction map.
According to the NCBE, “[t]he purpose of the MPRE is to measure candidates' knowledge and understanding of established standards related to the professional conduct of lawyers. The MPRE is not a test to determine an individual’s personal ethical values. Lawyers serve in many capacities: for example, as judges, advocates, counselors, and in other roles. The law governing the conduct of lawyers in these roles is applied in disciplinary and bar admission procedures, and by courts in dealing with issues of appearance, representation, privilege, disqualification, and contempt or other censure, and in lawsuits seeking to establish liability for malpractice and other civil or criminal wrongs committed by a lawyer while acting in a professional capacity.”
Print materials available in the Law Library’s Bar Success Collection on Level 3:
If you’re looking to purchase additional resources yourself:
(last updated April 2, 2020)